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Athens Airport

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)

Overview

The main gateway to all the delights of a holiday in Greece, Athens International Airport is the largest airport in the country and processes more than 15 million passengers each year. Located 12 miles (20km) east of downtown Athens, flights to Athens International Airport arrive from all over the world, including cities in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Athens International Airport is a spacious and modern facility with plenty of shopping and dining options to keep passengers busy. Those with long layovers can enjoy the airport's museum to see the archaeological discoveries made when the airport was built. The airport is pleasant and the staff is friendly; it has also won several awards for energy efficiency and environmental awareness.

Location

The airport is situated 20 miles (33km) southeast of Athens city centre.

Getting to the city

The easiest and quickest way to reach the city centre from the airport is on board Athens' new Metro. Metro Line 3 connects the airport with Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The airport is also served by six public bus routes, which connect to destinations in the greater area of Athens and Piraeus, buses running frequently day and night. Athens International is connected to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) by the Suburban Rail line. Finally, there are plenty of taxis to be hired at the ranks in front of the airport terminals, fares charged on a per kilometre basis.

Time

GMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in April and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +30 210 353 0000.

Car rental

Avis, Hertz, National, Budget, Europcar and Sixt are all represented at the airport.

Airport Taxis

A taxi to the centre of the Athens costs €15 to 25 and takes roughly half an hour to an hour depending on the traffic. There are plenty of taxis to be hired at the ranks in front of the airport terminals, and fares are charged on a per kilometre basis. Either agree on the fare before departure or make sure the driver sets the meter using the correct rate. A '2' will display before the meter between midnight and 6am and means you pay double the price. Avoid touts and unlicensed taxis. Private hotel shuttle companies also run from Athens International Airport.

Facilities

The airport is well supplied with cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, including duty free. There are branches of two banks providing full services at the airport, and numerous ATMs and currency exchange bureaux are also available. Non-EU nationals can get VAT refunded at the EUROCHANGE currency exchange unit located at the Departures Level. Several travel agencies operate from the airport, and there is a Greek National Tourist Board information desk. Conference facilities are available and there is a business centre with Internet access, photocopier machines, faxes and secretarial services. A meeting room is also available. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.

Parking

There is short and long-term parking available in the airport; short-term parking is on the arrivals level and costs €3.80 for the first hour (up to 20 minutes are free), while long-term parking is found across the access road in P3 and costs €50 for the first week and €5 per day after. Long-term parking is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle.

Departure Tax

€12.15 (international), €8.51 (domestic). A security fee of €1.52 is also charged.

Website

www.aia.gr

Airlines

Flights to Athens International Airport are available on Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, easyJet, Air Canada, Air France, Air China, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, Fly Hellas, Delta, EgyptAir, Iberia, KLM, Air One, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Hellenic Imperial Airways, Jetairfly, US Airways and Pegasus.

Internet

Wifi is available throughout the airport; it is free for the first 60 minutes, and additional browsing time can be purchased at the Business Centre on the arrivals level.

Business Lounges

Athens International Airport offers conference rooms with catering facilities on site, and a range of business services, including phone and fax, computer terminals and printing.


Athens Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.